See the December 25 waterhole chat forum. Starting at page four, after a very dull night, it became very very exciting, at 4:00 AM SA time
Lions made a Kill!
What an amazing sight all that was Dec 25th. We recorded over 4 1/2 hours of the drama. The Cape Buffalo was to us huge. Then when we saw the size of the Lions up next to it eating away, it didn't seem so big.
Seems a lot will now change at our favorite hole. FANTASTiC education.
Thank You Campbell Scott & Crew for bringing all of this to us. We will try and get to posting all the video we took of all this right after Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and to all a good night.
Merry christmast Landi - THANKS as always
Oh thank you! I'm just sitting here soaking up all this knowledge. I've taken one of the free courses so far, and will do the rest soon. I'm having a lot of fun.
While the lions (or any other predator) are around, most animals will avoid the waterhole - elephants being a notable exception, they will simply chase the lions away while they enjoy the water.
Most prey species wont approach the lions too closely, but they may come to the water while the lions are feeding or resting - keeping the waterhole safely between them and the lions. They will be nervous but as long as the lions are in their view they do feel somewhat safer than when there are no predators visible.
Once the lions have moved off and the carcass picked clean by the scavengers, everything will return to normal at the waterhole.
It is raining at the moment (or is 80km away anyway), so it is possible that there will be additional water sources available to the animals (should Nkhoro get some decent rain) - this may be a reason why animal numbers may reduce at the waterhole (for a limited period) after the lions have moved off.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM A HOT & WET SOUTH AFRICA
I have a question. Consider me ignorant in the habits of wildlife. If the Lions move into this area and make kills right there, will it cause the other animals to start avoiding this area on a more permanant basis, or will they just come here when they KNOW the lions are not around?
Thanks for the INFO.
IMISSED IT ALL
I seem to miss the Lions every Time they show up.
Reading everything now